How Omega Fatty Acids Help Cats Deal With Certain Health Issues

Written by: Dina Fantegrossi
Dina Fantegrossi is the Assistant Editor and Head Writer for HomeLife Media. Before her career in writing, Dina was a veterinary technician for more than 15 years.Read more
| Published on January 1, 2018

Many of the common ailments that plague our cats can be treated – and possibly even prevented – with proper diet and naturally sourced nutritional supplements.

The Omega fatty acids -3, -6, and -9 are essential to feline health, helping kittens grow and develop, easing joint pain, soothing itchy skin, and minimizing the effects of serious internal illnesses.

Omega fatty acids are best known for boosting skin and hair/coat health as well as improving the symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions like chronic allergies. They reduce itching by promoting a balanced skin-moisture content, and also help to minimize shedding, reduce hairballs, and foster a softer, silkier coat.

Obesity is one of the most common conditions affecting our cats, which can potentially lead to serious illnesses such as diabetes. DHA and EPA, the major Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, have been shown to boost weight loss in pets on calorie-restricted diets by up to 57%, reducing the strain on joints and improving overall health.

The anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3 fatty acids work wonders for cats suffering from arthritis or dealing with joint inflammation after an injury. Arthritis can be extremely difficult to diagnose in cats as they tend to adjust their gait and hide their pain. Luckily, Omega fatty acid supplements are safe for any life stage and can be given indefinitely.

Cats with chronic vomiting and/or diarrhea often suffer from one of a broad group of illnesses classified as Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Omega fatty acids aid in reducing the inflammation of the intestines that causes these unpleasant symptoms.

Diseases of the immune system, including certain cancers, may also respond to the addition of Omega-3 fatty acids in the diet. OFAs are known to strengthen the immune system, allowing cats to stave off infections caused by bacteria, free radicals, and other harmful agents in the environment.

According to the veterinary nutrition department at Tufts University, OFAs are also beneficial for cats with heart disease. They reduce inflammation of the vessels and protect against abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmia).

Whether your cat is happy and healthy or battling one or more of these illnesses, the benefits of Omega fatty acids are undeniable. Unfortunately, OFAs are often not bioavailable in pet food due to the high-heat processing used during the manufacturing process.

To make sure your kitty gets the nutrition she needs, choose a supplement created with cold pressure extrusion to lock in nutrients, such as our own Omega 3-6-9 Select soft chews:


H/T to PetMD

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional.

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